Michigan Writers on the Air

Michigan Writers on the Air is a program about writers, writing, and reading. The show features in-depth interviews with authors from across the spectrum of writing and publishing. Guests have included NYT best-selling authors, National Book Award Winners, and the writer or poet from just down the road.

On the next edition of Michigan Writers on the Air author Maureen Dunphy will discuss her new travel book Great Lakes Island Escapes. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 

Grand Marais, Michigan, based writer Ellen Airgood will read from her new middle grade novel, The Education of Ivy Blake (Penguin).

Also, writer Bill O. Smith and illustrator Glenn Wolff will provide some background on their new book, Four A.M. December 25.

Celebrated regional essayist Kathleen Stocking will read from her new book, The Long Arc of the Universe,

New York Times bestselling crime writer Steve Hamilton will introduce his new Nick Mason series and discuss the publishing business, and Gail Wallace Bozzono will read a selection from her winning entry in the 2016 Michigan Writers Chapbook Competition.

The Mad Angler, himself, Mike Delp will read from his new collection of poems, Lying in the River’s Dark Bed: The Confluence of the Deadman Poems and the Mad Angler Poems.

Petoskey-based writer Stewert James will be here to talk about his trilogy of political thrillers set in northwestern Michigan.

Fleda Brown will provide a commentary on American poet Amy Gerstler.

A glance into a dystopian future—Michael Dow will read from his Sci-Fi thriller, Dark Matters.

Then we’ll explore renegade parenting with Heather Shumaker as she talks about her new book, It’s OK to Go UP the Slide.

At the end Fleda Brown will provide a commentary on the work of Michigan poet, Thomas Lynch.

A love story and the allure of far away places, Robert Downes talks about and reads from his new book, Travels with My Wife.

Co-authors Loraine Anderson and Lynn Freeland share the story of their two-year journey to collect and save the Civil War history of one small Michigan town as they discuss their book, Remembering Mayville’s Boys in Blue.

At the end Fleda Brown will provide an audio essay on contemporary American poet Jo McDougall.

The rapidly changing publishing world—Jerry Dennis, Glen Wolff, and Gail Dennis will explain why they have started their own publishing house, Big Maple Press.

Award winning poet, francine j. harris, reads from her bestselling book, allegiance

Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on one of America’s most beloved poets, Mary Oliver.

On the next Michigan Writers on the Air, Benjamin Busch discusses his article in the October Harper's Magazine, "Today is Better ThanTomorrow: A Marine Returns to a Divided Iraq."

Also, Newbery Medal award winning writer Lynne Rae Perkins reads from her new children's novel, Nuts to You and Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on the poetry of Raymond Carver.

On the next Michigan Writers on the Air host Aaron Stander talks with Mackinaw Island Author Peter Marabell who will read from his new mystery, Murder at Cherokee Point.  Also on the show, cultural anthropologist Tim Paulson guides us deep into the Amazon basin with his extraordinary piece of oral history Gentle Savage Still Seeking the End of the Spear.  And Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on American Poet William Stafford.

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On the next Michigan Writers on the Air:

George Dila reads from his new collection of short stories, Working Stiffs.

Michael Huey reads from his extraordinary memoir about the early years of Camp Leelanau, the Leelanau School, and the Homestead. His book is titled,Straight as the Pine, Sturdy as the Oak.

Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on American Poet Robin Becker.

Anne-Marie Oomen reflects on coming to literacy in the third grade and her duel careers as a writer and educator. Then she reads from her forthcoming memoir, Love, Sex, and 4-H.

Peter Payette provides a primer on the art of audio storytelling. After a quick survey of the hardware and software requirements, he gets to the bones of writing, recording, and producing memorable stories.  Featured in this segment are audio essays by Emily K. Bright and Nancy Bazilchuk. 

Fleda Brown reads from and comments on the work of contemporary American poet, Maxine Kuman.

William Montgomery reads from his inspiring memoir, Prayer for Time.

Crime writer Elizabeth Buzzelli reads from her new book, A Tough Nut to Kill.

Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on American Poet Larry Levis.

Drs. Greg Holmes and Katherine Roth talk about their regional bestseller, The Good Fight: A Story of Cancer, Love, and Triumph.

Naturalist Doug Peacock reflects on his earlier memoirs and his new book, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth.

Fleda Brown shares some of the work of Minnesota poet Tom Hennen.

Writer Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolfe talk about the newest edition of their bestselling collaboration, It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes: Four Seasons of Natural Phenomenon and Oddities of the Sky. 

William and Patricia Storrer provide a guided tour of the vineyards and tasting rooms of the Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County through the pages of their recently published book, Up North Michigan Wines by the Bay.

Fleda Brown reads some of later work of the celebrated American poet, Lucille Clifton.

National Novel Writing Month

Nov 27, 2013

People who dream of writing the next great novel have gotten a little encouragement in November.  It came in the form of National Novel Writing Month. Throughout November, aspiring writers from around the world have been trying to reach the goal of writing 50,000 words. It's a sprint to the finish for a "NaNoWriMo" group in Traverse City as Arts Reporter Brad Aspey found. 

On the October Michigan Writers on the Air program, Alex George talks about his international bestselling book, The Good American.

Then Fleda Brown reads from her new collection of poems, No Need of Sympathy.

In the final segment, retired attorney Berkley Duck introduces his first work of crime fiction, The Grapewine.

On the September Michigan Writers on the Air, we celebrate the life of Elmore Leonard by rebroadcasting an interview with Elmore and his son, Peter, first aired in June of 2009.

In the second segment of the program, Mary Elizabeth Pope reads from her sizzling new collection of short stories, Divining Venus.

In the final segment, Fleda Brown reads some of the engaging work of poet Maurice Manning.

On the August Michigan Writers on the Air, Scott Craig reads from The Story Next Door, a book adapted from his radio series on Classical IPR. Then Ellen Stone talks about and reads from her prize-winning chapbook, The Solid Living World. At the end Fleda Brown provides a commentary on contemporary American poet Thomas Lux.

On the June Michigan Writers on the Air, Elizabeth Buzzelli will talk about her new mystery, Dead Little Dolly, and National Book Award winner Gloria Whelan will read from her new collection of short stories, Living Together. At the end, Fleda Brown will provide a commentary on poet Patricia Clark. 

On the May Michigan Writers on the Air, a single parent battles to preserve her family's way of life on her Traverse City-area farm. Mardi Jo Link talks about her forthcoming memoir, Bootstrapper. This book isn't out yet but it's expected to get hype from booksellers across the nation.   Poet, river guide, and writing teacher, Chris Dombrowski, reads from his new book, Earth Again.  Matthew Wiliford, Director of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts, outlines this summer’s workshops for adult writers.